Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif Had ‘Broken Up’ Right Before Signing Ek Tha Tiger: ‘It Was Not Comfortable’

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif Had 'Broken Up' Right Before Signing Ek Tha Tiger: 'It Was Not Comfortable'
Kabir Khan reveals that Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif had broken up right before signing Ek Tha Tiger.

Kabir Khan reveals that Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif had broken up right before signing Ek Tha Tiger.

Kabir Khan reveals that he couldn’t believe when Salman Khan agreed to do Ek Tha Tiger with Katrina Kaif because they had just broken up.

Director Kabir Khan, who is best known for his blockbuster films Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, has opened up about how he and Aditya Chopra managed to bring ex-lovers Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif together for YRF’s Tiger franchise. Kabir revealed that things were not comfortable between Salman and Katrina when he and Aditya had approached the Bollywood superstar for Ek Tha Tiger as the duo had just broken up.

Kabir said that he couldn’t believe when Salman agreed to do the film. “We were going back from Salman’s house. This was the day Salman finally said yes that we were doing the film. Katrina had already signed the film. She was Zoya. Katrina is just like a family to me. She is extremely close to Mini (Mathur), kids and me. Vicky is also now an integral part of our family. And then we went to Salman. This was the stage when they had broken up, so it wasn’t like comfortable. I told him I wanted Katrina and he knew my connection with her,” Kabir told casting director Mukesh Chhabra for Mashable India’s The Bombay Dreams.

Kabir continued, “Adi (Aditya Chopra) and I were driving back from Salman’s place Galaxy (apartment) to Yash Raj studios and we were silent because we had just cast Salman Khan for the first time for Tiger (Ek Tha Tiger), Katrina was (already) there. I think for about 5-10 mins we kept silent and then he said, ‘yaar bahot badi casting hai (Friend, this is an incredible casting)’. And the very next day we announced it.”

After the blockbuster success of Ek Tha Tiger, Salman and Katrina went on to work together in Tiger Zinda Hai and Tiger 3. Apart from Tiger franchise, they shared the screen space in Bharat after Priyanka Chopra opted out of the project due to her wedding with Nick Jonas.

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